|Birth: ||Sep. 22, 1922|
|Death: ||Sep. 13, 2005|
Leota was born to the Rev. William Eldred and Alma Lorene (Young) Smith. Leota attended and graduated from Marlow schools. She worked at the Marlow bus station and helped take care of her mother and father. She met and married Frank Alvin Davis on Nov. 25, 1949, when she was working at the bus station. The Davis family lived near Marlow from 1949 to 1957, then moved to the Gillespie Ranch near Tishomingo, where they lived from 1957 to 1963. On June 1, 1963, the family moved to the Spencer Bernard farm east of Rush Springs. During this time, Leota began work as a domestic engineer and during the fall worked at Bernard Enterprises. She enjoyed working, talking, and assisting customers during the hectic 11- to 12-hour days, seven days a week. She continued to work at the “peanut plant” for the next 36 years, eventually having to quit because of failing health.
Frank retired in February 1989, and they moved to Robinson’s Landing by Lake Lawtonka near Lawton. After Frank’s death, Leota moved into Lawton to live with her daughter and son-in-law. She was a volunteer at Reynolds Army Community Hospital. Her total number of volunteer hours over the past 15-plus years was 26,541.5. She was inducted into the Volunteer Hall of Fame in 1993 and has remained in the Hall of Fame each year since. Leota was a member of the Slaton Home Demonstration Club and a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Marlow Chapter #38. She was a member of the Marlow Cumberland Presbyterian Church, but attended the First Baptist Church in Lawton.
Leota is survived by a daughter, Pam Burnett, and her husband Loy, of Lawton; a sister, Mary Belle Griggs of Lawton; a sister-in-law, Rose Orene Smith; a niece, Melodie Wonderly and her husband Roger, and a nephew, Kevin Smith and his wife Kathy, all of Oklahoma City; sisters and brothers-in-law, Gladys Nix, Hattie Bowman, Nora McCarty, Peggy and Ernest Alexander, M.B. (Mutt) and Lucille Davis, and Joe and Nellie Davis; and many special nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, cousins and special friends.
Leota was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, an infant daughter and a brother.
Services were held Friday, Sept. 16, at the First Baptist Church of Lawton, with Dr. Gary W. Cook, pastor, and Pastor David Hale of the Vimy Ridge Baptist Church in Rush Springs officiating. Burial was held in Rush Springs Cemetery under the direction of Becker Funeral Home of Lawton.
Note: Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Southwest Oklahoma, P.O. Box 2074, Lawton, OK 73502, or to the First Baptist Church, 501 S.W. B Ave., Lawton, OK 73501.
William Eldred Smith (1893 - 1945)
Alma Lorene Young Smith (1898 - 1967)
Frank Alvin Davis (1913 - 1989)*
Leota Lee Smith Davis (1922 - 2005)
Eldred Franklin Smith (1925 - 2000)*
Mary Smith Griggs (1927 - 2008)*
Rush Springs Cemetery
Created by: Debbie
Record added: Jan 19, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13067261